Wednesday, May 24, 6:00 pm
University Art Gallery, Mandeville Center

Please join us for a conversation between Edward Sterrett and JP Gorin about the painting practice of Manny Farber.


Edward Sterrett received an M.A. in Art Criticism and Theory from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena in 2004, and a Ph.D. from the Art History, Criticism and Theory Program at UC San Diego in 2015. He works as a research assistant at the Getty Research Institute and teaches in the School of Art at Cal State Long Beach. He has recently published essays in the Getty Research Journal, as well as in a volume on Socially Engaged Art Practices edited by Sheryl Oring. Perhaps most notable in the context of this evening's event is the essay he contributed to the catalog accompanying a show titled Routine Pleasures, which was organized by Michael Ned Holte at the MAK Center for Art and Architecture.


Jean-Pierre Gorin received his baccalaureate in Philosophy in 1960. He prepared for L'École Supérieure (Ulm) at the Lyçée Louis-le-Grand from 1960 to 1964 while pursuing his Licence de Philosophie at the University of Paris (Sorbonne). In 1965, Gorin joined the editorial staff of Le Monde, the prestigious Parisian daily newspaper. From 1965 to 1968, he worked as an editor for its Literary Department and collaborated on the creation of its Weekly Literary Supplement (Le Monde des Livres). In 1966, he met the filmmaker Jean-Luc Godard. Two years later, they created the Dziga Vertov Group. From 1968 to 1972, Gorin co-directed the films Wind from the East, 1969; Struggle in Italy, 1970; Vladimir and Rosa, 1971; Tout Va Bien, 1972; Letter to Jane, 1972. The films of the Dziga Vertov Group have long been recognized as seminal to the period of radical filmmaking of the late Sixties and early Seventies. They are historically significant for their pioneering critical reexamination of film language and its ideological implications.

Gorin left France in the mid-1970s to accept a teaching position at the UC San Diego at the urging of the film-critic and painter Manny Farber. Gorin remained on the Visual Arts faculty thereafter, teaching film history and film criticism. He continued to make films—most notably a "Southern California trilogy" of essay films: Poto and Cabengo (1978), Routine Pleasures (1986), My Crasy Life (1991), and Letter to Peter (1992).